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Rails 5 API Service
is a tutorial for creating a Rails 5 API app with Rbenv, Postgres, JSON, Active Model Serializers, and Git.

Wrestling with REST
discusses some of the difficulties in making a Ruby on Rails web application truly RESTful.

The Ruby Hacker's Guide is an essential resource for anyone who really wants to understand Ruby. Read it online.

How to install Ubuntu / Windows 7 Dual Boot Capability onto a Lenovo Ideapad Y560p Laptop.

Deploying a Ruby 1.9 and Rails 3.2 Development Environment with RVM and MySQL onto Ubuntu Linux

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Location: Chicago, Illinois

  • I am currently available for a new Ruby on Rails development role.
  • I will work only remotely for the foreseeable future.
  • I am available for an hourly (aka contract) or contract-to-hire position. (I will NOT enter directly into salaried employment.)
  • I am primarily a server-side developer. However, I have also done Javascript-based front-end development & maintenance.
  • I prefer initial contact by email. I will respond, except to mass emailings and those for roles that are clearly off-target.

I'm an MIT grad software engineer with 15+ years full life-cycle total experience, from requirements gathering, design & development to maintenance. I have worked for more than ten years in Ruby on Rails web development, focusing on server-side including REST API development. I have also performed front-end development using JavaScript. Previously I had developed in C, C++, and Java. I also have training, authorship, consulting, and liaison experience.

The hallmarks of my career as a software developer are a search for superior development techniques, integrity and dedication to the needs of the project, effective communication with the client and end-users, meticulous standards, and systems that work.

I am a meticulous and competent software developer, and I also have valuable business domain knowledge, and communication & architectural skills, including related experience as a technical author. I can take on a project, do the necessary research, consult with all necessary parties, and collaborate with co-workers to deliver a quality result. I excel at customer and other stakeholder interaction.


Web Development: Ruby 1.9 & 2, Rails 3 – 7, Node JS, Express, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, RSpec, Capybara, Git, RubyMine, WebStorm, Vagrant, XML, JSON, Agile practices.

Operating Systems: Mac OS X and Linux.

Databases: Postgres, MySQL, Oracle SQL, Mongo DB

More About Me

In addition to my work as a software engineer, I've performed a wide range of computer-related activities:

  • Worked as a sales engineer
  • Performed end-client needs analysis and resulting system design
  • Performed Dev-Ops activities, including on-site system installation
  • Acted as liaison to client management personnel
  • Been a trainer, both one-one and to groups
  • Written courseware and delivered it (including in German)
  • Authored computer magazine articles and product reviews
  • Written end-user computer books
  • Nevertheless, I am fundamentally a hands-on software developer.

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